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Blakemore Retail Fundraising for NSPCC Tops £3 Million

June 14, 2018

Blakemore Retail has raises £3 million to help the NSPCC make a difference to 800,000 children’s lives

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Receive Life-saving Training

May 31, 2018

Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies and Area Manager Donna Cooper join colleagues from SPAR Kidderminster to attend life-saving defibrillator training

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Blakemore Trade Partners Launches New Innovation Platform

May 31, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a new innovation website at its 2018 colleague Communication Day

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A.F. Blakemore Rolls Out Tonight’s Tea Concept across SPAR Stores

May 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is rolling out a new Tonight’s Tea concept across its company-owned and independent SPAR stores after a successful trial

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SPAR Melton Raises £1,500 to Install Defibrillator

May 30, 2018

Colleagues at SPAR Melton raise funds for a life-saving defibrillator with a series of Easter-themed fundraisers

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Blakemore Retail’s Owen Davies Sleeps Rough for Homeless Charities

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies takes part in a sleep out to help raise awareness of homelessness

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New Customer Service Programme Launched

May 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development team launches a new Customer Service programme to share best practice and help ensure a consistent approach to handling queries across the business

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SPAR Bakewell Relaunches with Ice-cream Counter and Insomnia Coffee

May 29, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Bakewell SPAR store relaunches with serve-over ice-cream and fresh self-serve Insomnia coffee

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Blakemore Logistics Helps 100 Young People into Work

May 28, 2018

Blakemore Logistics helps more than 100 young people into work as a result of a partnership with a West Midlands employability programme

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British Athletics Partners SPAR to Boost Community Sport with People’s Podium

May 22, 2018

SPAR UK launches a new campaign designed to support community sport across the United Kingdom

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SPAR Wins Top Titles at HIM Awards

May 11, 2018

SPAR UK scoops two wins at the HIM Awards 2018

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New Facilitation Skills Course Piloted

May 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore launches a new Facilitation Skills course to help cultivate leaders with the essential skills and capabilities to effectively facilitate meetings

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AFB Colleagues Inspire Future Generations in Responsible Business Week

May 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore colleagues participate in a week of educational events to raise the aspirations of young people as part of a national awareness campaign promoting responsible business

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Blakemore Foodservice Showcases Latest Offer at West Midlands Trade Show

May 01, 2018

Blakemore Foodservice exhibits its latest offering to customers at a trade show in the West Midlands

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Project Leadership V2.0

April 30, 2018

A new project leadership toolkit launches across A.F. Blakemore to support the delivery of key projects in the business

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Apprentices Sharpen Team Member Skills

April 30, 2018

Ten apprentices participate in the A.F. Blakemore’s Effective Team Member course to enhance their skills and help build effective teams across the business

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Help Feed Over 70 at Worcester Street Kitchen

April 27, 2018

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail join forces with the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal to serve up meals to some of Worcester’s most vulnerable people

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SPAR Thurcroft Re-launches at New Site

April 20, 2018

Blakemore Retail’s Thurcroft SPAR store in Rotherham relaunches with a brand new Greggs

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

April 19, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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AFB Wholesale Finance Director Appointed President of Black Country Chamber

April 17, 2018

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce appoints AFB Wholesale Finance Director Julie Cunningham its first female president

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A.F. Blakemore Showcases Latest IT Innovation to Co-op Estonia

April 05, 2018

A.F. Blakemore hosts Co-op Estonia to showcase some of the company’s latest innovation in technology

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A.F. Blakemore Publishes First Gender Pay Gap Report

April 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes its first Gender Pay Gap Report, covering employee data for the 12 months to April 5th 2017

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Charitable Giving Gets Eggstravagant for Easter

April 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore employees make Easter ‘eggstra special’ for their local communities with charitable giving, volunteering and fundraising activities

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Seven Questions with SPAR Retailer Conrad Davies

April 03, 2018

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies answers questions about his journey with SPAR and the success of his four-store-strong business

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New SPAR Store Launches at Roadchef Strensham South

March 23, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners launches a new SPAR store offering premium food to go at Roadchef Strensham South Services in Worcestershire

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A.F. Blakemore Revered at Walsall Council Partner Awards

March 20, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is presented with Bronze Partner Status at the Walsall Works Partner Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

March 20, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes 10th Cohort of ILM Level 2 Delegates

March 20, 2018

A.F. Blakemore welcomes its 10th cohort of delegates onto its ILM Level Two Certificate in Leadership & Team Skills programme

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Blakemore Colleagues Praised for Service in Adverse Weather

March 19, 2018

SPAR retailers thank A.F. Blakemore colleagues for their commitment to customer service during the adverse weather in March

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Blakemore Trade Partners and Fine Foods Launch New Apps

March 01, 2018

Blakemore Trade Partners and Blakemore Fine Foods launch new mobile apps to give their customers the ease of ordering on the go

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New Future Leaders Apprenticeship Programme Gets Underway

February 28, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s new Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme welcomes its first delegates

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SPAR Announced as National Partner for IAAF World Indoor Championships

February 27, 2018

SPAR is announced as a National Partner for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018

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A.F. Blakemore Pilots Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Awareness Session

February 27, 2018

A.F. Blakemore pilots a new Equality, Inclusion & Diversity workshop to be rolled out across the company during 2018

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Central Ordering Team Targets Improved Sales & Availability

February 27, 2018

A central ordering team set up to increase in-store availability and sales whilst reducing wastage across the company’s SPAR estate has expanded a pilot programme

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A.F. Blakemore Honoured at Apprenticeship Awards

February 21, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is crowned Employer of the Year at the Performance Through People Achievement Awards

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A.F. Blakemore Spreads the Word on Responsible Business

February 15, 2018

More than 30 business leaders, council heads and community organisations from across Walsall join together to investigate collaborative ways to address key challenges across the borough

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

February 12, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Inside Eat 17’s Latest Store at Bishop’s Stortford

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore and entrepreneurial business partners James Brundle and Chris O’Connor opened their latest Eat 17 store in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford in November

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Colleagues to Donate Food Worth £240 to Food Banks

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is to present two food banks with food worth £240 thanks to colleagues’ generous donations of Christmas gift vouchers

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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Defibrillator Installation Now Complete Across AFB RDCs

January 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s rollout of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across its retail distribution centres is now complete

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AFB Graduates Attend Leading the Blakemore Way

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s most recent graduate joiners attend a three-day residential Leading the Blakemore Way course

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AFB Twitter Account Needs Your News

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is asking all colleagues across the business to be on the lookout for good news stories and photos for its social media accounts

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£1,294 Raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK

January 29, 2018

Blakemore Wholesale colleagues and customers across the Midlands raise £1,294 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

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Free-to-use Cash Machine for AFB Colleagues

January 25, 2018

A cash machine is now available for A.F. Blakemore colleagues at the company’s Willenhall head office

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

January 18, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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British Athletics Unveil SPAR as Major Sponsor through to Tokyo 2020

January 18, 2018

British Athletics announce a three-year sponsorship deal with SPAR (UK) Ltd that will see the UK’s leading convenience store group offer wide-ranging support through to the end of 2020

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Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher Piloted with Blakemore Technical Services

January 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore pilots a Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher course with the Blakemore Technical Services senior team

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December Colleague Award Winners Announced

January 03, 2018

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company recognised and celebrated employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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New Blakemore Retail Magazine Out Now

January 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes the latest edition of its Blakemore Retail magazine

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Volunteers Wanted for Tree Planting

January 02, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is calling on colleagues to get in involved in tree planting in their local communities

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Christmas Community Spirit Snowballs at AFB

December 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have supported more than a thousand good causes in communities across the company’s trading area this Christmas.

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

December 13, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Santa Claus Comes to Town

December 08, 2017

Christmas comes early for children of colleagues across the Blakemore estate at the company’s annual Kids Christmas Party celebrations

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Sam Wilcox Looks Back on 31 Years at AFB

December 01, 2017

Sam Wilcox, one of A.F. Blakemore’s longest serving and most colourful directors, retires from A.F. Blakemore today after 31 years with the company

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Colleagues Rally Together for Education Focus Week

November 30, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme took place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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November Colleague Award Winners Announced

November 29, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Survey: Your Comments Answered

November 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Steering Group responds to colleague suggestions on what could make the company a more inclusive place to work

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Warehouse to Wheels Scheme Welcomes New Trainee Drivers

November 28, 2017

Eight new trainee LGV drivers embark on A.F. Blakemore’s Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme

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Colleagues Enhance Presentation and Teamwork Skills

November 27, 2017

Colleagues take part in courses led by A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development department to develop their business presentation and teamwork skills

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Lifestyle Checkpoint Machine Tours AFB Distribution Depots

November 24, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Lifestyle Checkpoint machine will be visiting sites across the company’s estate for colleagues to use

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

November 22, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Flagship SPAR Market Store Launches in North Wales

November 16, 2017

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies launches the first flagship SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales

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Blakemore Logistics to Launch New Communications Hub

November 01, 2017

Blakemore Logistics is set to launch a new online internal communications platform to help improve colleague communication within the business

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Colleagues Celebrate Hair-raising Halloween

November 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have a ghoulishly good Halloween with a whole host of spooktacular fundraisers

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Blakemore Logistics Apprenticeship Programme: Recruiting Now

November 01, 2017

Blakemore Logistics is looking for new recruits to embark on its Warehouse & Distribution and LGV Transport apprenticeship programmes

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Coming Soon: Education Focus Week

November 01, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme will take place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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SPAR St Dials Colleague Scoops National Award

October 31, 2017

Blakemore Retail Store Supervisor Kirsty Rhodes wins a Sales Assistant of the Year award for her commitment to her work.

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Environmental Survey: Your Questions Answered

October 31, 2017

The Environmental Steering Group answers questions from the colleague environmental survey

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October Colleague Award Winners Announced

October 30, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 25, 2017

A.F. Blakemore hosts an Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Week as part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business

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Blakemore Wholesale Celebrates Top Retailers at Grand Awards Evening

October 25, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale recognises its top retailers at its Retailer of the Year Grand Awards Evening and Charity Gala Dinner

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SPAR UK Celebrates 60th Anniversary

October 20, 2017

SPAR UK has celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central

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SPAR Tenbury Wells Supports Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

October 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR Tenbury Wells has supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal by collecting and donating over 350 bottles of water from local residents.

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Reports Solid Results for 2016/17

October 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman Peter Blakemore has described a “good, solid result” for the 2016/17 financial year during a period of intense change across the food retail and wholesale markets

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Blakemore Trade Partners Colleagues Take On ‘100’ Challenges

October 12, 2017

Blakemore Trade Partners colleagues have raised more than £5,000 by taking part in a series of unusual and challenging ‘100’ themed fundraisers to mark A.F. Blakemore’s centenary

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 05, 2017

A focus week based around the theme of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity will take place in October as part of A.F. Blakemore’s centenary celebrations

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Jan Robertson Crowned Blakemore Bake Off Champion

October 04, 2017

Jan Robertson from Blakemore Retail’s Bishops Castle SPAR store is crowned the winner of A.F. Blakemore’s 100th anniversary Bake Off competition

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Apex II Hosts Centre of Excellence Visit

October 04, 2017

Colleagues from across Wholesale Distribution’s Apex II depot host a study tour for 20 process management and improvement specialists

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Road Safety Week 2017: Schools Needed

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is looking for secondary schools across the West Midlands, South Wales and Hastings area to take part in Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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AFB Charity Birthday Party Raises £86,000 for Good Causes

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s 100th anniversary Charity Birthday Party raises more than £86,000 for good causes

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore welcomes new starters who attended company inductions in September and October

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 03, 2017

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild win big at this year’s Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Colleague Conquers Epic Bike Ride for Prince’s Trust

October 03, 2017

Blakemore Fresh Foods colleague Julie Cross recently embarked upon a 969 mile bike ride from Land’s End, Cornwall to John o’ Groats, Scotland, to raise almost £3,000 for the Prince’s Trust.

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September Colleague Award Winners Announced

October 02, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Blakemore Vehicles Highly Commended at Truckfest

September 28, 2017

Blakemore Logistics colleagues from Hastings have had two of their vehicles highly commended at Truckfest

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HR Director Ian Diment to Share Equality & Diversity Strategy

September 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore Group HR Director Ian Diment will reveal A.F. Blakemore’s new Equality & Diversity strategy at a Women in Wholesale conference

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SPAR St Fagans Raises Over £30,000 for NSPCC

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR St Fagans in Cardiff raises a huge £30,379 for the NSPCC

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SPAR Retail Show 2017: The Customer at Heart

September 12, 2017

More than 1,100 guests attend this year’s Blakemore Trade Partners SPAR Retail Show

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AFB Charity Birthday Party: What’s Happening

September 01, 2017

More than 300 birthday parties are set to take place company-wide to raise money for good causes

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100 Years of A.F. Blakemore & Son: 1917 to the Present

August 31, 2017

As A.F. Blakemore celebrates its centenary, we look back at 100 years of history

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Cost Reduction Team Delivers Savings of £3 Million

August 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Cost Reduction Steering Group delivers cost savings of more than £3 million to the business

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A.F. Blakemore Awarded Payroll Giving Quality Mark

August 30, 2017

The Charities Trust presents A.F. Blakemore with its Bronze Payroll Giving Quality Mark in recognition of the company’s commitment to payroll giving

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August Colleague Award Winners Announced

August 30, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme.

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A.F. Blakemore to Install Life-Saving Defibrillators Across Main Warehouses

August 30, 2017

A.F. Blakemore purchases 10 defibrillators to be installed at seven main sites across the business

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New Future Leaders Apprenticeship: Last Call for Applicants

August 30, 2017

The deadline for applications for A.F. Blakemore’s new Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme has been extended until 10am on Tuesday September 5th

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Community Engagement Report 2016/17 Out Now

August 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore publishes its Community Engagement Report for 2016/17

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Foodservice James Bridge Awards £6,000 to Charities of the Year

August 29, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Foodservice’s James Bridge depot hand over £6,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Chelsea’s HLH Awareness Fund

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